Made To Sing Together: Songs for Retreats & Conferences

by Steve Lindsley

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While working on this project one rainy Sunday afternoon, my ten-year old asks, "Dad, are you doing a greatest hits album?" I had to explain that I didn't have nearly enough the catalog - or demand - for that sort of thing. But it's awesome when your kids think you're worthy of it anyway.

This album is comprised of songs I've written and recorded over the years, specifically for retreats and conferences I've led music for. It's not always easy writing in a select pocket of theme and scripture; the never-ending search for that killer hook or words for the last stanza. But in the end, when you're standing in front of 300 or 600 or 1000 folks, and you step away from the mic and they keep singing, that's when you know that the song has become as much theirs at it is yours.

Maybe these songs will take you back to a retreat or conference I had the pleasure of leading music for, or maybe they'll lead you to form new experiences and memories. Either way, I hope you enjoy them. After all, they were written for you.

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For over 20 years, Steve has enjoyed keynoting and leading music for a wide diversity of church retreats and conferences.

As music leader, Steve strikes a comfortable and consistent balance that encourages participation without becoming “performance.” He not only draws from the best of what’s typically called “praise music,” but has been known to incorporate, on occasion, a Coldplay or Mumford & Sons tune. Steve's repertoire follows a very simple mantra:
- Melodies that are singable,
- Theology that is reformed,
- Lyrics that are inclusive,
- Music that brings people together.
And no “Jesus-is-my-boyfriend” songs.

As a keynoter, Steve's messages are always less preachy and more conversational; drawing from a deep Biblical and theological well while utilizing contemporary images and creative tools. His keynotes are tailor-made to the age of the group he's speaking to - children, youth, adults, or all of the above.

For a full list of Steve's retreat/conference leadership, and to contact him about leadership for your event, visit:

retreats-conferences.stevelindsley.com

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I'm a singer/songwriter performing for regional gigs and leading music for retreats and conferences. Enjoy the tunes!

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Track Name: Story Of Our Life
This is the story of our life,
Story of our life so far
Writing page after page,
Trying to find out who we are.

With the stroke of your pen,
With a breath, it all began
With a word you changed the narrative from darkness to the light.
Every book it's own index,
Every heart a second chance
My story, your story, our stories live together as one

This is the story of our life,
Story of our life so far
Writing page after page,
Trying to find out who we are.

And the joy of good news
You know more than we ever knew
In your light our fears and failures turn to something beautiful
As the chapters unfold
Our journey with you only grows
My story, your story, our stories live together as one

This is the story of our life,
Story of our life so far
Writing page after page,
Trying to find out who we are.
This is the story of our life,
Mine and yours and everyone
Bound together by God's love-
That's how we know whose we are

BRIDGE
It's all we ever hoped could happen
If we just let light shine
Shine in to a bright and new tomorrow
And a lifetime

This is the story of our life
Story of our life so far
Writing page after page,
Trying to find out who we are.
This is the story of our life,
Mine and yours and everyone
Bound together by God's love-
That's how we know whose we are
Track Name: Stones Come Rollin' Down
Sun was rising on that day
The women went where Jesus lay
But the stone on the tomb was rolled away
And the place was filled with light
That can only come from new life
When our fears and doubts are cast aside

What was wrong had finally been made right

HEY! We are knocking down the walls
That were built between us
And kept us from each other
For far too long
So let the stones come rolling down

Fear and doubt can paralyze
Like those stones of our demise
Only love can open up our eyes
And when we roll those stones away
Uncover God's love everyday
Our lives will never be the same

Because this grace is here to stay

HEY! We are knocking down the walls
That were built between us
And kept us from each other
For far too long
HEY! We are children of our God
Made to live together
The darkness is the greatest
Before the dawn
And then the stones come rolling down

MEN:
Death nor life nor all creation
Heavenly glory nor earthly powers
Today, tomorrow will never tear us
From the love of God

WOMEN:
Nothing ever
Will get between
You and me and
All the love of God

HEY! We are knocking down the walls
That were built between us
And kept us from each other
For far too long
HEY! We are children of our God
Made to live together
The darkness is the greatest
Before the dawn
So let the stones come rolling down
Track Name: Your Radiance
Rise up
There's a light upon you
You've waited so long
Wake up
Let the sun surround you
You are the joyful people now

When shadows chase all hope away
May the love inside of you
Illuminate the way

We all are searching for the star
Right here and now is where we are
And all we wanna do is to shine your light
Into the darkness and despair
To fill his glory everywhere
Let your brilliance brighten up this place
With all of your radiance

Lift up
Lift your eyes and see the crowd
All want to be with you
Sons and daughters come from all around
Like children celebrating

The nations gather at your side
Called to live out in the glow
Shining so that we may know

We all are searching for the star
Right here and now is where we are
And all we wanna do is to shine your light
Into the darkness and despair
To fill his glory everywhere
Let your brilliance brighten up this place
With all your radiance

From the east - North South West
We gather - We profess
The dawn has - Arisen
Just take a look around
Won't you take a look around...

We all are searching for the star
Right here and now is where we are
And all we wanna do is to shine your light
Into the darkness and despair
To fill his glory everywhere
Let your brilliance brighten up this place
With all your radiance
Track Name: A Life Like Yours
You have run the race, you have kept the faith
You have been the light shining o'er this place
And now it's my turn to walk in your shoes
And I know that you'll be there
Whatever road I choose

So hold my hand, lift me up
Let me drink from your cup
Lead me on to the calm beyond the storm
In your hope I believe
Through your eyes I can see what's in store
To open up the doors
I want a life like yours

I know that times will come
When faith is hard to find
Fears and doubts arise, wearing on my mind
But Jesus walked before to show us the way
So whatever things we face we'll know
Your love is here to stay

So hold my hand, lift me up
Let me drink from your cup
Lead me on to the calm beyond the storm
In your hope I believe
Through your eyes I can see what's in store
To open up the doors
I want a life like yours
Track Name: Turn Around
turn around, turn around, hit the ground running
turn around, turn around, time to rearrange
turn around, turn around, better days are coming
turn around, turn around we all know that something's gonna change
we all know that something's gonna change

everybody's got something they're looking for
we're all sick and we're just trying to find a cure
the way things are now we can't ignore
one eighty degrees yea it's what we believe

turn around, turn around, hit the ground running
turn around, turn around, time to rearrange
turn around, turn around, better days are coming
turn around, turn around we all know that something's gonna change
we all know that something's gonna change

presenting ourselves as a sacrifice
we are called to follow Jesus and be the light
shining out in the darkness with all our might
serving others in need yea it's what we believe

turn around, turn around, hit the ground running
turn around, turn around, time to rearrange
turn around, turn around, better days are coming
turn around, turn around we all know that something's gonna change
we all know that something's gonna change

when we go through each day holding on to love
we know that our voices are not enough
we've got to use our feet and our hands and stuff
one eighty degrees, yea it's what we believe

turn around, turn around, turn around, turn around, yeah.....
Track Name: You Are the Hands of God
You are the hands of god
you are his arms and feet
you're living out your faith
you're helping plant the seeds
you walk the extra mile
you turn the other cheek
you are the hands of god

You are the only word
That some will ever hear
Your love can show the way
Your heart can make it clear
That you are not alone
That God is always near
You are the only word

In time........we will see love shine
Until then......let it shine through us

These hands can serve our God
These arms can carry on
These feet can walk the miles
It takes to lead us home
For faith is not a thought
It's love completely won
These hands can serve our God

In time........we will see love shine
Until then......let it shine through us

We are the hands of god
We are his arms and feet
We're living out our faith
We're helping plant the seeds
We walk the extra mile
We turn the other cheek
We are the hands of god

We walk the extra mile
We turn the other cheek
We are the hands of God

A-----le----lu---ia
Sing Je----ho----vah
A----le----lu---ia …..........
Track Name: Everything Everyone Everywhere
Everything means an open book to you
Everything's when you know me through and through
When I rise and fall, you pick me up
You're always there with me
You know when I leave, when I come back
A holy mystery
Your ways, so amazing
Your love, so sustaining
woooooa.....

One love, one hope unite us
One hand to hold and guide us
From the dawn of day to the setting sun
You're everything to everyone everywhere

The highest heavens, they hear your sounds of praise
The depths of the world sing of amazing grace
You shaped me whole, you gave me life
I'm wonderfully made
The darkness isn't dark to you
The light is bright as day
Your ways, I can't explain it
Your embrace, I can't escape it
woooooa.....

One love, one hope unite us
One hand to hold and guide us
From the dawn of day to the setting sun
You're everything to everyone everywhere

So let our lives be just as yours
Let our hearts open doors
Reaching out and reaching in
Welcome the stranger in
May the God who knows us so well loves us till the end.....

One love, one hope unite us
One hand to hold and guide us
From the dawn of day to the setting sun
You're everything to everyone everywhere
Track Name: Greatest of These
I may speak with the tongues of the angels
I may give my all away
I may move the mountains with my belief
But if I don't have love - If I don't have love...
I can use my power for selfish gain
Living like I wanna live
I can die a martyr and a saint
But if I don't have love - If I don't have love...

I once couldn't see
Now I believe, I believe

In faith, hope
And the greatest of these is love
Faith, hope
And the greatest of these is love, greatest is love

When the world defines you by what you do
Love will show you whose you are
All a part of God's great family
This is why we love, this is why we love
Battles rage and lines are drawn in the sand
Cause we learn to live in fear
Love comes down with the promise of something new
It's greater than the fear, love is greater than the fear

Sometimes we can't see
Lord help us believe, believe

In faith, hope
And the greatest of these is love
Faith, hope
And the greatest of these is love..